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Rossini in Restoration Paris
The Sound of Modern Life


Part of Cambridge Studies in Opera

  • Date Published: February 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521172370

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  • Best remembered for such light-hearted works as Il barbiere di Siviglia, Gioachino Rossini produced a sequence of large-scale serious French operas after his move to Paris in 1824 which overwhelmed audiences with their musical power, and responded to the French Restoration. Rather than presenting a traditional account of Rossini's life and works, Benjamin Walton traces instead the shifting patterns of Rossinian criticism from before the composer's arrival in Paris to the end of the 1820s, outlining a type of musical history that uses immersion in a narrow time period as a way to reconceive the relationships between opera and the wider currents of life outside the opera house. In place of the comic Rossini of later memory, this book argues for a composer whose music resonated with the experience of contemporary life, and was integrally bound up in the struggle to define French romanticism at the time.

    • Each chapter considers events from a single year in the 1820s, allowing the reader to trace the development of French music criticism
    • Includes extracts from some rare musical works, and provides notated support for the written arguments
    • Provides the reader with information about archival and primary sources vital for further research
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    Review of the hardback: 'Rossini in Restoration Paris is an excellent essay in historical and stylistic defamiliarzation, with contemporary evidence, solid musical analysis, insightful observations and an evocative writing style blending to create a Restoration resplendent in its contradictions.' Nineteenth-Century Music Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521172370
    • length: 366 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.54kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations and note on translations
    List of music examples
    List of abbreviations
    Introduction: music in the present tense
    1. 1824: deciphering hyperbole: Stendhal's Vie de Rossini
    2. 1825: 'Quelque peu théâtral': the operatic coronation of Charles X
    3. 1826: 'Les Grecs sont français': musical philhellenism in Paris
    4. 1827: dying for music: Rossini and Moïse
    5. 1828: the discovery of the 'twin styles'
    6. 1829: looking for the Revolution in Guillaume Tell
    1830: beyond the Rossinian Moment

  • Author

    Benjamin Walton, University of Cambridge

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